Significant Raises Approved For San Jose's Mayor And City Council

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By KCBS All News 106.9FM and 740AM

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is getting a nearly 30 percent raise while members of the City Council will see their salaries increase by 22 percent. 

Liccardo's salary will jump by $58,000 to $190,000 in a raise that was approved by the San Jose Salary Setting Commission. The commission also voted to boost the pay for the 10 City Council members by $28,000 to $125,000. 

Councilman Johnny Khamis told KCBS Radio that he agrees with the commission's decision given the cost of living in the Bay Area. 

"It is hard to live on this income if you're a single breadwinner in the home and I think this will give an opportunity for more people with various backgrounds to actually apply for this position," said Khamis. 

The commission's decision was made without the involvement of the council members, Khamis said. 

"There was a hands-off process that came up with the numbers that they did," he said. 

Last year, San Jose voters approved Measure U which removed council members and the mayor from approving their own salaries, which had been a controversial political issue.

Khamis also said Liccardo deserved the raise.

"He's a hard worker. He works ungodly hours," said Khamis. "I was with him till 9 o'clock last night at a community event, so I understand that he works as hard or harder than us."

The commission found that last year Liccardo earned less than the Mayors of San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles.

The new salaries will take affect on July 1.